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Alienware x51 gaming computer


My son wants an Alienware computer. He's 13. I think he's just heard of it from a friend and doesn't know anything about it. I'm not impressed by the core i3 processor for one thing, not that I know about them either. Are there any better in this price range?

The cheapest one is $700. It doesn't come with a monitor (obviously), does it matter what kind for gaming?

And the keyboard and mouse are about $60 each

I'm guessing he'll also need headphones. Any recs on those?

So it's all adding up to a lot for a kid's Christmas IMO

ETA or is this an instance where he's 13 and get him what his friend has? Oh and dell is out of stock. So unless they have them somewhere else I'm screwed



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LSU Coyote
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re: Alienware x51 gaming computer


ETA:

Oh wait, I thought this was about laptops.

$700 isn't that bad.

Add $200 for all periphials (Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse)



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re: Alienware x51 gaming computer


Paige, get the frick out of here. These nerds will lick your ankles.





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I don't know a lot about the gpu but i feel like that is expensive for a 2nd generation i3.





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i3+GTX 640+1333MHz ram =





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Paige
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re: Alienware x51 gaming computer


Yeah, I've seen gaming computers for a lot more but I'm not willing to spend more than $1000 on Christmas. That's absurd

I forgot the main reason for asking was dell is out of stock

I may be able to find it somewhere else, but is this really a good gaming computer is the other thing I want to know






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Lynyrd
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re: Alienware x51 gaming computer


You would be paying more for the name "Alienware" than paying for the exact computer without that name I would think.





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Gnar Cat21
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Your son just wants the Alienware because it looks cool

Just get him a better, faster acer or something and spend 300 less






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BaddestAndvari
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Paige, Go here and see what you can do for the same price.

Cyber Power PCs tend to be better build and last longer, and have better parts in them than Dell computers.






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If buying an alienware, you are paying 20% premium for the name. If your kid wants a gaming computer, go over to either ibuypower or cyberpowerpc and order him a custom set up.

Give us a budget and we will come up with something.






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Paige
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That's what I thought. Understandable but it's not like he'll be carrying it around and embarrassed to be seen with it

Broke what does that even mean?

I have no idea what to even look for. Links or would be awesome






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Paige
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Thank you, and jcole. I'd like to stay in the $1000 range, including monitor, keyboard and mouse. Though I could get other family members to get the keyboard, mouse and headset

I know nothing about stuff like um, memory, graphics card or whatever the hell, processor, etc., except core i3 isn't great






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BaddestAndvari
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Links or would be awesome


Go to the links jcole4lsu posted please.

I posted cyberpower pc, but I put a note on it as well.

Those are the 2 places to go to get "excellent" laptops and PCs if you don't want to build your own.






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Gnar Cat21
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I'm on my ipad so I can't link but just google acer gaming computer... Or any company. Toshiba, Lenovo, etc...


It's really just about the specs on the inside. I actually don't game on pc but I would imagine you would want something with a lot of processing power (i5 or so) and a good bit of RAM (8gb) would probably do just fine

The graphics card is also important but I'm not familiar with that. There are a lot of people around here who can help I'm sure






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BaddestAndvari
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except core i3 isn't great


it's not that bad actually, it's just a bit older, and will be out of date sooner.

My biggest complaint about Alienware is all of the dell computers I have ever owned have an absolutely awful shelf life and end up dying years before any of my other computers.






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How serious of a gamer is he? Is he looking for hardcore, great graphics in the ultimate setup? Or is he just looking to be able to play some games?





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LSU Coyote
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Give us a budget and we will come up with something.

Looks like he gave a budget already.






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Paige
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I can't build my own because I don't know what parts to use

Like this means nothing to me
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i3+GTX 640+1333MHz ram =






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BaddestAndvari
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Looks like he gave a budget already.


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Paige


We really aren't use to seeing females on the GB.. are we?






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BaddestAndvari
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I can't build my own because I don't know what parts to use

Like this means nothing to me


Paige, you said stay under $1k for everything, I bet jcole4lsu is currently trying to figure something out for you.

jcole4lsu, I'll go to cyberpower and build something if you go to iPower.






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